The Retribution of Ages

Posted: March 10, 2015 by writingsprint in Science fiction, We've Got Your Back
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Part 14 of “We’ve Got Your Back,” a Mass Effect fan fiction. This story has spoilers for the end of Mass Effect 3.

Harbinger sacrificed two other Reapers to open a hole in the blockade. It charged through the gap, singling out the shuttle and ignoring everything else in its path. The Reaper’s black fury smothered the thoughts of everyone near it like burning tar.


The Iowa’s tactical officer cried, “Reaper inside the blockade! Target scan says it’s Harbinger! Repeat, Harbinger!”

Hackett ordered, “Concentrate fire on that Reaper!”

Firing orders chorused throughout the fleet.

“Taste the wrath of the Goddess!” said Matriarch Lidanya.

“Burn him to ashes!” said Admiral Meridus.

“Time to finish the job. All ships, target Harbinger!” said Captain Fob.

“Battle group, kill that son of a bitch!” said Captain Holland.

“Alpha Mike Foxtrot, you piece of shit!” said Commander Phillips.

Tactical nukes, warp bombs, mass-driven steel and energy lances shredded Harbinger from every direction. The first Reaper screamed in rage and despair. Black blood sprayed from Harbinger’s head, freezing into obsidian shards in the cold of space. Pieces of its head and body were obliterated. One of its tentacles blew off. Then another. Harbinger fired wildly, blindly, looking in desperation for Shepard. Another volley crashed into its maw, and something deep inside the Reaper burst. Molten fire poured out of its body. Harbinger screeched a long, keening wail as it twisted, cracked open, and finally died. Legend would have it that the very last shot was fired by the SSV Normandy, fighting its way to pick up its commander.

  1. Steve says:

    Awesome, and it couldn’t happen to a better Reaper!

    Liked by 1 person

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